December 8, 1991 |
Vinko Bilandzic went back to his native city Vukovar in August to visit the graves of his mother and father. "They were not there anymore," he said. "Bombed. " Three uncles and their families are still missing in the ruins of the city that was devastated by three months of attacks by Serb-dominated Yugoslav federal forces. His sister, his brother and two cousins were able to flee to other parts of war-torn Croatia. "No one knows where the rest all are - killed or not killed," said Bilandzic, 57, a tool and die maker at the Budd Co. "All their homes were destroyed.
September 16, 2012 |
Jadranka Fischer, 65, of Devon, who worked to increase awareness of the war in her native Croatia during the 1990s and raised money to support about 10 Croatian children orphaned during the war, died of lung cancer Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Paoli Hospital. Mrs. Fischer was the wife of Raoul Fischer, a retired marketing executive with Unisys Corp. in Blue Bell. In 1992, an exhibition of photographs from the Croatian war organized by Mrs. Fischer was displayed in Washington and Philadelphia, her husband said.
August 26, 2012 |
Mislav Brzoja, a 6-foot-4 guard from Croatia who is a threat from three-point range, has been added to Villanova's basketball roster, coach Jay Wright announced Friday. Brzoja, who will be eligible to compete as a freshman during the season, spent last season leading Traders Point Christian Academy of Whitespoint, Ind., to a 24-3 record. Earlier this month, he averaged 15.0 points, 1.9 assists, and 2.3 steals in helping lead Croatia to victory in the under-18 European Championships.
January 6, 2003 |
Ivica and Janica Kostelic, of Croatia, yesterday became the first brother and sister to win World Cup Alpine races on the same day. Janica won a slalom on her 21st birthday in Bormio, Italy, then watched on TV with her father as her brother captured a slalom in Slovenia less than an hour later. "It's a great day for our family," Janica said. "It's a strange record indeed, but I'm pleased with it . . . We've spoken for years about winning a race on the same day. " Sport Stops Gianni Romme, of the Netherlands, won the 10,000-meter race and earned the men's overall title at the European speedskating championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands.
February 28, 1993 |
In the hour before sunset, the main street of Dubrovnik, the stradun, once again is thronged with people enjoying their traditional stroll. They laugh, talk, greet friends and fellow survivors. The young men - some in Croatian army uniform, others in jeans and anoraks - smile at the women and ignore the asphalt patches that cover the shell holes in the polished stone pavement. The people of Dubrovnik, who survived months besieged by the guns of the Serb-led Yugoslav army, are beginning to enjoy life again.
August 1, 2012 |
WHILE NOTHING is official yet, it appears that Villanova could be getting close to adding another basketball player to its roster. Sources familiar with the situation indicated that 6-4 guard Mislav Brzoja, of Croatia, could be joining the Wildcats by the time classes start late next month. He would be eligible to play immediately. Brzoja, who attended Traders Point Christian in Whitestown, Ind., last year, had committed to Northwestern. But he was denied admission, after reportedly having a 4.0 grade-point average at TPC. For a while it seemed like he might be headed to Dayton, but now Villanova looks like the favorite.
November 11, 1993 |
Sitting in a cafe, sipping a vodka and tonic at the Hotel Admiral at 11 a.m., Monika Brunner has only one worry on her mind. When will it stop raining long enough to permit a stroll along the boardwalk? Here on the gentle coast of the Adriatic, on the edge of the war-torn remnants of the former Yugoslavia, danger is far from her mind. Brunner says she feels safer than she would in, say, Miami. "Florida, I've been there before. Miami, Orlando, Cape Canaveral. It's too dangerous.
December 17, 2000 |
In the right place at the right time. That's the story of Goran Visnjic's eventful life, leading from the war-torn Croatian coastal city of Sibenik on the Adriatic Sea to Hollywood and international stardom on ER - in five short years. At the age of 9, Visnjic (pronounced Vish-nick) was in his elementary school class when a representative from one of Sibenik's amateur theater groups dropped by looking for gregarious children to take part in a local stage production. The teacher tossed several names about, including Visnjic's.
May 7, 1995 |
A cow walks down the sidewalk, her udder painfully swollen with milk. Pigs stroll smack in the middle of the road, unconcerned about the prospect of a passing car. Chickens and dogs scamper about an uninhabited house, while a horse grazes in the front yard. There are no human beings in this most eerie of ghost towns, only animals. One might think the barnyard had staged a coup d'etat. But no, the tiny village of Rajic is part of a 200-square-mile swath of land Croatia recaptured a few days ago from rebel Serbs.
September 3, 1992 |
The soldier had no name, no papers. He was a big and robust man, and so it took him a long time to die. He lay still on a basement operating room slab yesterday. He was a tank gunner on the Bosnian front who had taken a sliver of shrapnel to his heart. For many long minutes, the surgeons cut and sewed, cut and sewed at his pink wounds. A nurse squeezed a hand pump to force oxygen down his windpipe. A tall intern pressed down hard, again and again, on the soldier's chest so that it heaved mightily and then dropped.